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Posted: Sunday, June 1, 2014 10:45 am

I have been honored with the opportunity to welcome each and every one of you to the graduation of the class of 2014. At the beginning of this school year, a group called POS MEGA united under one question: what makes a person great? Is it what one says that makes one great? Is it what one once did? Or what one believes and thinks? Or the ability to avoid failure?

Not one of us made it here tonight without failure; not one parent, teacher, counselor, student. Not one son or daughter has reaped success without failure. The reason we are here and get to celebrate our greatness is not because we said or did something. It is because the students who are here before me have consistently demonstrated resilience. Resilience towards every word, feeling, thought and action that said they couldn't do it. Here they are, the great students of 2014.

An adventure has been had. How many times did you picture yourself here? With friends and family prepared to feel the joy of accomplishment. It took so much work, so many tears, so many friends and so much support to get us to where we are now. I would ask all of you to thank someone tonight; someone who has helped you. None of us made this journey alone, no matter how alone we felt at times.

It’s easy to feel hopeful on a beautiful night like tonight, but there will be dark times ahead of us and there will be days when we feel alone, but that’s when hope is needed the most. No matter how buried it gets, or how lost we feel, we must promise we will hold on to hope. Keep it alive; we have to be greater than what we suffer. My wish for us is to become hope and to then be that for others. People need it and even if we fail, what better way is there to live? As we look around at the people who helped make us who we are, I know it feels like we’re saying goodbye, but we will carry a piece of each other into everything we do; to remind us of who we are, and what we’re meant to be. I’ve had a great four years with you and I’ll miss you very much

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